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Classes opened Aug. 19; late registration continues
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19 August

Classes opened Aug. 19; late registration continues


For Samantha McWilliams of Richland, left, and Kassy Ayers of Florence, the opportunity to pursue a medical career through classes close to home motivated them to enroll at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

Classes opened on Aug. 19 but students can register late for classes through Friday, Aug. 23. Late registration with an additional fee continues until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

McWilliams plans to major in surgical technology; Ayers plans a career in medical assisting. “It’s close to home and I’m able to work,” Ayers said.

Hinds has enrolled nearly 12,000 for the fall 2013 semester.

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Registration continues through Aug. 23

Registration for fall classes that begin at Hinds Community College on Monday, Aug. 19 continues all week with extended hours.

Registration is open until 5:30 p.m. at all six locations through Thursday with registration ending on Friday at 4 p.m.

Late registration with an additional fee is Aug. 19-23 until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

The fall term for face-to-face classes begins on Aug. 19 with MS Virtual Community College (online) classes beginning Aug. 26.

New students must complete the application process and see an adviser before they can register for classes, either in person at one of six Hinds locations or online.

For information and schedules, see the Hinds website at

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Fall GED test dates help with 2013 deadline

People who aspire to finish their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate should connect with Hinds Community College’s Adult Basic Education/GED program and make a special effort to finish in 2013.

The official GED test will change in 2014 and will be more difficult and more expensive. Plus, the test will move from a pencil and paper test to a computer-based test.

Those aspiring to finish their GED credential can only take the test three times in 2013 before scores on sections already passed expire and the new test is implemented on Jan. 1, 2014.

Hinds’ Adult Basic Education program offers test dates throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Call 601.857.3912 for more information or see the website at

Fall dates and contact information include the following:

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center 601.987.8763 or 601.987.8150

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – District Adult Education Center– 601.987.8763

Orientation: Thursday, Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Dec 3, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – Denton Hall – 601.857.3467 or 601.857.3852

Orientation: Monday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Dec. 2 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Utica Campus – 601.885.7022/7128 or 601.987.8763

Orientation and testing will be held in Walter Washington Administration Building, Room 130

Orientation: Monday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus – 601.629.6873

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug.14, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept.11, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.


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Doug Sills, Sen. Briggs Hopson speak at Friday graduation

Hinds Community College has named Doug Sills, Chief Executive Officer at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, and Sen. Briggs Hopson, District 23, Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo counties, as speakers for the summer 2013 graduation ceremonies Aug. 2.

Sills will speak to 10 a.m. nursing and allied health graduates and Hopson will speak at 2 p.m. for the academic and technical education graduation. Both ceremonies are held in Cain-Cochran Hall of the Raymond Campus.

Sills has more than 32 years of health care management experience and has received numerous accolades for professional achievement. He and his wife, Rebecca, came to River Region in 2011 from Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La. Sills is active in the Vicksburg community and in Mississippi’s healthcare community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Central Mississippi Trauma Region and the Mississippi Hospital Association. The Sills’ have two children and two grandchildren.

Sen. Hopson, R., has more than five years’ experience with the Mississippi Legislature. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law. Hopson is also a practicing attorney. He is a member of several legislative committees, including the Judiciary, A and B committees, and is chair of Judiciary A. He is also a member of Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency; Appropriations; Education; Tourism and Universities and Colleges, among others. Hopson is also a member of Mission Mississippi, Mississippi River Trail, the United Way, the Mississippi Bar and the Red Carpet Bowl. He is married to the former Alison Quaid. They have three children, Liam, Walt and Jane.

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McLendon Library sets Lincoln Exhibit program

As part of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Hinds Community College is hosting a prestigious national traveling exhibit from Aug. 12 through Sept. 20 at the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus.

Along with the 1,000-foot exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Mary Beth Applin, dean of Learning Resources, has planned a series of programs during September, spring boarding off the exhibit.

“We have a terrific line-up of performances, lectures and activities that is sure to appeal to everyone.  We think students, faculty/staff, local schools and community members will find something fascinating to see or do at our library while learning about one of our greatest presidents,” she said.

Scheduled activities include:

Sept. 5

10 a.m. Opening Reception, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse

10:30 a.m. Hinds-Utica Campus Jubilee Singers, Civil War spirituals, Dr. Bobby Cooper, Director

11:30 a.m. Dr. Ben Cloyd, Honors Director and History Instructor at Hinds CC

1 p.m. Mississippi College Debate Team, Dr. Merle Zeigler, Director

Sept. 10

9 a.m. Brigadier General Parker Hills, Ret., Expert on Vicksburg and Raymond campaigns

10 a.m. Ralph Miller, Musician

1 p.m. Maddrama, Jackson State University’s theatrical production company (readings, excerpts from diaries of soldiers), Dr. Mark Henderson, Director

Sept. 17

10 a.m. Hinds CC Montage Dancers, Tiffany Jefferson, Director

1 p.m. Shannon Thames, History Instructor & Dr. Dernoral Davis, Professor of History, Jackson State University

2 p.m. Garrad Lee, History Instructor at Hinds CC

As part of the exhibit, Hinds is extending a specific invitation to schools to book trips to see the exhibit and attend some of the special programs. The national project has curriculum materials and other materials aimed at students. For more information and to register, go to the page on the Hinds website,

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

According to the American Library Association website, the exhibit “brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies three crises — the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties — and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.”

The traveling exhibition content is organized into six thematic sections:

•           The Introduction lays out the three critical questions—concerning slavery, secession, and civil liberties—facing the nation in 1860, when Lincoln was elected President with less than 40 percent of the vote.

•           “Oath of Office” focuses on Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, at a time when the Constitution was being challenged and the United States was falling apart. The new president promised that the government would not attack the South if the South did not attack the Union, but he also took a solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution.

•           “Divided” asks the question, “Are we a single nation or a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?” Lincoln believed that his inaugural oath compelled him to preserve the Union, that secession was unconstitutional and undemocratic. The Southern states believed that they were under attack.

•           “Bound” reflects the nation’s struggle with the problem of slavery, with which it had been vexed since America’s founding. The Constitution left the matter of slavery in the hands of the individual states. But many asked, “How can a country founded on the belief that ‘all men are created equal’ tolerate slavery?”

•           “Dissent” raises the question: “Must civil liberties give way to save the Union?” In face of the chaos and danger facing Lincoln and the Union, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus—the constitutional provision that protects citizens of the United States against arbitrary arrests.

•           “Legacy” focuses on the Gettysburg Address and on the work yet to be done to achieve the ideals of equality, freedom, and democracy articulated in the Constitution and cherished by Lincoln. Acknowledging the shortcomings of his own age, Lincoln challenged future generations of Americans to continue the work of realizing our nation’s highest ideals. Using self-stick notes on an exhibition panel, visitors are invited to answer the question, “Has America lived up to the ideals Lincoln fought for?”

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

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Vicksburg workshop to prep for local job fair

VICKSBURG – Anyone interested in attending the upcoming Vicksburg Area Job Fair should attend a free workshop that will help in preparing a job application and resume as well as helping with job interview skills.

The workshop is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 1 at the Vicksburg WIN Job Center at 1625 Monroe St. Presenters are Iyanna Colly, Hinds Community College Career Services coordinator, and Jane Flowers, Hinds Community College Work-Based Learning Coordinator. To register for the workshop call 601.638.1452.

The Vicksburg Area Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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Military families to be honored at Appreciation Day

PEARL– Local service members, whether active or retired, and their families will be recognized at Hinds Community College’s Military Appreciation Day at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

The July 31 event, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature a number of local veterans groups including the Veterans Administration Mobile Clinic to offer information to service members and their families about an array of benefits, said Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs for Hinds Community College.

The day will also include family-friendly fun, including activities, free popcorn, snow cones and other treats. Additionally, Hinds employees, including counselors and financial aid advisers, will be on hand to offer information about their education benefits and using them at Hinds.

“The Office of Veterans’ Benefits will be on hand to disseminate information on the GI Bill and other various VA Education Programs. In addition to the VA Programs, we will be sharing information on hundreds of scholarships available to service members or their family members,” Braswell said. “The programs available for military and their families create limitless possibilities in higher education, and the Military Appreciation Day at Hinds Community College will provide a centralized location for information on all of these great opportunities.”

Among other groups to be present are the Mississippi National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, the Veterans Administration Vet Center, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information contact Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs, at 601.857.3226 or at

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New District Dean of Students named


Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson 

Hinds Community College has named Dr. Tyrone Jackson as District Dean of Students and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus as of Aug. 1. He replaces Dr. Barbara Blankenship, who retired in June.

Originally from Rosedale, located in the Mississippi Delta, Jackson has spent the last two years in Perkinston, serving as dean of students at the Jefferson Davis Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Dr. Jackson has experience in all areas of the student services field, including admissions, financial aid, student activities, academic counseling and housing, among others. He has served as assistant and interim dean of graduate and continued studies, associate director of housing and residence life, and as an academic counselor, all at Delta State University. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses at five Mississippi community colleges and universities.

He is a graduate of Delta State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, Master’s of Education degree, and Doctor of Education degree.

In his new role at Hinds Community College, Jackson will report directly to Dr. Theresa Hamilton, vice president of the Raymond Campus.

“From my research and from what I have heard for many years about Hinds, it is an institution destined for continued success,” said Jackson. “Hinds is a progressive institution of higher learning, and I can’t wait to be a part of the community. It’s already a great community college and I am eager to use my skills and talents to make the institution even greater.”

Jackson specifically hopes to enhance the areas of the college related to enrollment, retention, student life and advancement.

“I am a firm believer that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom,” he said. “Student services is charged with supplementing classroom activities in educating the whole student. It is my ultimate goal to serve prospective and current students from inquiry to graduation by being a conduit for students to persist and obtain professional as well as personal goals.”

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Utica Campus, high school host Community Days

Local communities can learn more about the Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School during a series of Community Days that also include a meet-and-greet with new Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who is an alumna.

The Community Days are at 6 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  • July 25, Fountain Hall, Raymond Campus
  • July 29, Fine Arts Complex, Utica Campus
  • July 30, City of Bolton Town Hall
  • Aug. 1, City of Edwards Town Hall

Hinds AHS and college recruiters will be on hand to talk to interested students about attending either Hinds Agricultural High School or the Utica Campus. Students will be able to complete admissions applications and enroll for fall classes while enjoying hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn.

Alumni from both Hinds AHS and the college campus, which have a 110-year legacy educating mostly African American students, will be on hand to talk about their experiences.

Hinds AHS is located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. It’s a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. High school students can dual enroll in classes on the Utica Campus tuition-free.

The Utica Campus is home to the renowned Jubilee Singers under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper. The campus features residence halls, a five-year-old Fine Arts Complex and a newly renovated Wellness Complex. With small class sizes and a personal atmosphere, students can shine in college activities including leadership and athletics.

Among those who have attended the high school and/or the college campus are U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan and 2004 Silver Medal Olympian in track Otis Harris.

For more information about Hinds AHS, contact the school at 601.885.7083. For information about the Utica Campus, call 601.885.6062.

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M2M program open for fall applications

The Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, is now accepting applications for entrance into the program for all first-time, full-time, African-American males enrolled for the fall.

The deadline for application to the program is Aug. 30. Regular registration for Hinds Community College ends on Aug. 16 with fall classes beginning on Aug. 19.

The M2-M program provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participants. The four-year project is designed to increase the graduation rates of African-American Males and is funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Steven Harper at 601.987.8129 or

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